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Shamrock Music Shoppe Unveiled In New Location

July 1, 2015 Business, News, Our Towns Comments Off on Shamrock Music Shoppe Unveiled In New Location
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Shamrock Music Shoppe is celebrating its fifth year in business in July, but they’ll do so from a new location. As of July 1, the Purcellville music store and school moved just steps from their current locations on 21st Street and Main Street; Shamrock will relocate to the old Post Office building located at 160 W. Main St., across from Gruto’s Soft Serve.
Shamrock first opened its doors at 108 N 21st Street on July 18, 2010, offering music lessons, a large variety of musical instruments for purchase or lease and an abundance of Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and paraphernalia (the author Jeff Kinney is the owner’s brother). To accommodate their growing student base, they opened Shamrock 2 on Main Street to add additional instruction rooms.

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Humane Society of Loudoun Seeks Runners for Fun Run Team

June 3, 2015 Business, News Comments Off on Humane Society of Loudoun Seeks Runners for Fun Run Team
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The Humane Society of Loudoun County is seeking runners of all levels to join their Fun Run team- Running for Their Lives- now forming for the Twilight Festival 4-Miler on Saturday, June 13 in Ashburn. Each team member is asked to raise a minimum of $500 in contributions in support of HSLC programs such as Foster Medical Care, Spay/Neuter, and the Loudoun Pet Pantry. The Twilight Festival 4-Miler is sponsored by Potomac River Running and includes a family friendly post-race party with moon bounce, carnival food, and beer garden. Find training schedules and register at www.humaneloudoun.org. Just click on the “Twilight 4 Miler Fun Run” tab.

They can be contacted at helpanimals@humaneloudoun.org

Wicked Design Creates New Websites for the Town of Round Hill and Hillsborough Vineyard

June 3, 2015 Business, News Comments Off on Wicked Design Creates New Websites for the Town of Round Hill and Hillsborough Vineyard
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Dave Levinson of Wicked Design in Purcellville has launched two new websites, one for the Town of Round Hill and one for the Hillsborough Vineyard.

The Town of Round Hill website features more that 70 web pages, and nearly 400 documents which are available on demand. The design for the Town of Round Hill leverages a Victorian Era color palette and photos. The Hillsborough Vineyard website took a uniquely creative approach by using family created art as the background – using the color of burgundy and wheat for the color palette.

Wicked Design was founded in 2012 by Levinson. The company also provides graphic and logo design services. The design firm supports businesses organizations across Loudoun County, and the mid-Atlantic region. … Continue Reading

Celebrating 150 Years of Service

May 20, 2015 Business, News Comments Off on Celebrating 150 Years of Service
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The Salvation Army of Loudoun recently held a luncheon to celebrate their history by awarding recognition plaques to some of their biggest supporters in our area.

Orbital Sciences Corporation and Raytheon were both honored for supporting the Christmas Angel Tree program over the last several years. Employees of the two corporations donated presents to 2,100 children in our area who may not have received any. Many of those who selected an “Angel” from a tree to help bought three or four presents for each of them.

Walmarts in Sterling and Leesburg were also awarded plaques for their ongoing support of the Easter Program, Red Kettle and Tools for School. … Continue Reading

Leesburg’s 2015 Business Award Nominees Announced

May 10, 2015 Business, News Comments Off on Leesburg’s 2015 Business Award Nominees Announced
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The Town of Leesburg has announced the nominees for the 14th annual Leesburg Business Awards.

“We received a great group of nominees this year,” said Marantha Edwards, Economic Development Director for the Town of Leesburg. “I know it’s a cliché, but being nominated by a customer or a colleague is an honor and speaks to the quality of the business. All of the nominees should be proud of their accomplishments. I look forward to announcing the awards winners next week!” … Continue Reading

Cycle Fundraiser Fights Cancer

May 6, 2015 Business, News Comments Off on Cycle Fundraiser Fights Cancer
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The Anytime Fitness Purcellville family raised $6,309 to help fight cancer recently through spinning.

The gym’s members recently gathered to spin for anywhere from one to four hours each. Friends and family donated $6,000 to Memorial Sloan Kettering for rare cancer research and members donated $300 to Sara Willis, a local middle schooler battling cancer. The ride was personal for many ATFP members who have lost friends and family to cancer. The club would like to thank the members for their participation and every donor who contributed funds.

Anytime Fitness Purcellville opened last summer as the first 24-hour access fitness club in Purcellville. In addition to 24/7 convenience, the club offers free group exercise classes and two sessions with a certified personal trainer.

For membership information visit www.anytimefitness.com.

Fields of Athenry’s Elaine Boland Wins Golden Plow Award

May 5, 2015 Business, News Comments Off on Fields of Athenry’s Elaine Boland Wins Golden Plow Award
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A farmer on a mission to heal chronic illness with food is nationally recognized for work at NYC gala.

Elaine Boland of Fields of Athenry Farm in Purcellville, took home The Golden Plow Award at the 2015 Women Chefs and Restaurateurs’ Women Who Inspire Awards Gala in April. The Golden Plow Award recognizes excellence in growing or producing from nature’s bounty and honoring a woman whose skill in farming or making artisanal products results in food that graces our plates while respecting the environment. … Continue Reading

All Points Broadband Buys Loudoun Wireless

April 1, 2015 Business, News Comments Off on All Points Broadband Buys Loudoun Wireless
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All Points Broadband has announced it will acquire Loudoun Wireless.

“We are excited to welcome Loudoun Wireless and its customers to the All Points network,” said Jimmy Carr, CEO of All Points Broadband. “This acquisition dramatically expands our service area and will give more homes and businesses in western Loudoun access to the next level of broadband service.”

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Catoctin Creek Enters California Market

March 4, 2015 Business, News Comments Off on Catoctin Creek Enters California Market
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Catoctin Creek Distillery expanded its distribution into California through JVS Imports, a wine and spirits importer and wholesaler located in South San Francisco. Initially, the Purcellville distillery will ship its award winning Roundstone Rye and Roundstone Rye “92 Proof” into the California market.

“This is a watershed day for us, since California is one of the biggest and most significant markets in the U.S.,” said Scott Harris, founder of the distillery. “We’ve waited quite some time before feeling like we were ready for the West Coast again. We feel JVS will be an excellent partner in distribution into the state.” … Continue Reading

B&B Guild Seeks New Partnership with Purcellville

February 3, 2015 Business, News Comments Off on B&B Guild Seeks New Partnership with Purcellville
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The Loudoun County Bed & Breakfast Guild is promoting an ambitious plan to link the hospitality and related services of its 41 members and partners to the many town-sponsored events in Purcellville, including the Loudoun Grown Expo, the Purcellville Music & Arts Festival, the Purcellville Wine & Food Festival and others.

Loudoun’s $1.5 billion tourism industry – which employs 16,000 people, and provides $24 million in tax revenue – is an increasingly important part of the local economy. The Bed & Breakfast Guild – which represents the majority of the B&Bs and country inns in the county, and also partners with related businesses such as farms, conference centers, wineries and the like – has been very vocal in its efforts to promote the room stays and other services available through its members and partners. Guild B&Bs and country inns, for example, have a total of over 100 guest rooms, one-half of which are located within 10 miles of downtown Purcellville. … Continue Reading

The Loudoun County Makers Movement

January 6, 2015 Business, Loudoun County, News Comments Off on The Loudoun County Makers Movement
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How People Who Love To Tinker, Invent And Dream Are Shaking Up Our Economic And Social Landscape

Look up his Linkedin profile and you’ll see that Loudouner Patrick Scannell describes himself as a “Maker, Technology Strategist, Product Innovator” in the Washington, DC area.

The technology and innovation part of Scannell’s Linkedin calling card certainly makes sense for the resident of county that is home to the Dulles Technology Corridor – “The Silicon Valley of the East.” It is likewise compatible with a place that has a long history of agricultural innovation, and works closely with research powerhouses such as Virginia Tech.

But, what exactly is a “maker” – the curious third leg of how Scannell describes himself on Linkedin’s professional networking website? And, what is that term’s relevance to a county so rich in history and all of the things that happened before. A county that many see as a place where one can leave the worst of the modern world behind and retreat back in time, happy to go home to that every night? … Continue Reading

Loudoun’s Season of Alternative Ways To Give

December 10, 2014 Business, News Comments Off on Loudoun’s Season of Alternative Ways To Give
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Loudoun Gifts for Good, formerly known as the Loudoun Alternative Gift Fair, is gearing up for another year. Loudoun Gifts for Good was founded on the premise that sometimes the most thoughtful gift you can give someone is a donation to an important charitable organization in their honor.

“During this holiday season the Gifts for Good concept is a way that one single gift can have a rippling effect across numerous human service organizations in Loudoun,” said newly elected chair of the Loudoun Human Services Network Susan Mandel Giblin. “This can make a huge difference for so many people affected by diverse issues, from domestic violence, illness and job loss, to caregiver relief, supporting people with disabilities and women’s and children’s rights and needs. There are few similar opportunities that reach as far, with one contribution, as Gifts for Good does.” … Continue Reading

Nichols Hardware Celebrates 100th Year

December 10, 2014 Business, News Comments Off on Nichols Hardware Celebrates 100th Year
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There is a store in Purcellville that has survived two massive fires, many family losses and withering retail competition and yet is poised to achieve a landmark few establishments ever do.

On December 20 (the actual 100th birthday) Nichols Hardware will celebrate its 100th birthday. The public is invited to their open house on December 20 and to show appreciation Nichols will offer 20 percent off of sales over $100 on that day only. Lee Jacobs, one of their long time faithful employees, shared this comment with us, “On December 20, 1914, our total sales were a whopping $41 plus some change.

Along the way and through the years, consistency has been their greatest asset for success. It’s been in the same location, been in the same family and had the same honest, no-frills slogan, “Your Most Dependable Source of Supply since 1914.”

On Saturday, December 13, friends, customers, fellow Purcellville businesses and its many customers will pay tribute to Nichols with two floats in the Purcellville Christmas parade at noon, and then with a birthday cake in the Nichols Parking Lot at 1:00 p.m (when the parade ends). Former Senator Charlie Waddell will sing Happy Birthday, and there will be a giant card for everyone to sign. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

Choose Joy, Don’t Go Negative

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Sometimes life is pleasant and it is easy to smile, other times it is not. The real question is how do you react and live your life when you are going through trials? What do you do when you feel …

Character Outlives Us All

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“Brains are like muscles, you can rent them by the hour, but at the end of the day all you have left is your character.” This statement was uttered by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a phrase his father used …

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You know, I can still taste those sausages: The first early-spring bratwurst cooked over an open flame in a beautiful setting among good friends; nothing so surprising, really, in recalling a good meal in classic context. The thing is, though …

Planning for Life Disclosure and Other Family Issues in Estate Planning

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What do we tell the kids? Questions of how much and what type of information to give the children often arise during consultation. The answers depend on the circumstances of each family – the ages and maturity of the children …

A Look Into What Is Learned in High School English

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By Mary Rose Lunde English is the arguably the most important subject for a student in high school to learn. The most successful people in the world have one thing in common — being able to communicate effectively. This is …

Remembering Nancy Reagan

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel The passing of Nancy Reagan, a former First Lady who completely transformed the role and helped catapult her husband to greatness, marked the end of an era. Her death also happened to coincide with a turning point …

Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

Op-ed

Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

Dear Editor

Campaign of Untruths

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Elected officials have done some pretty despicable things while serving in office. They range from bribery, beating a spouse, cheating on a spouse, obstruction of justice, and various forms of …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input …

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Calendar

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CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Lobster Day with Chef Seb at North Gate Vineyard

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Spring Wine Glass Painting with Penny

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

TGIF @ North Gate Vineyard!

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

The Sprouted Spoon Food Truck at North Gate Vineyard

Nathaniel Davis Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Celebrate Mother's Day at North Gate Vineyard!

Mother's Day Brunch at Breaux

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Dog Day at Breaux Vineyards

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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PAUL REISLER TRIO WITH LEA MORRIS AND MARSHALL KEYS

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Growing a Green Lawn

4 May 2016

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From the Nature Generation Winter is over, the flowers are blooming and the yard is teeming with wildlife. The fresh spring air lures us outside. Children come home from school, drop off their books, and head outside to play. Parents relax on the deck and invite friends and family over for cookouts. Now is the perfect time to transform tired …

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Fido’s Facts

4 May 2016

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Chemical Free Tick and Flea Solutions By Kimberly Correnti It’s refreshing to know that you can effectively eliminate pesky little bugs without using harsh chemicals. Our special blend “Flea & Tick Program” created by holistic vets (Dr. Michael and Susan Goldstein of Earth Animal) is a palatable powder and liquid that you add to your animal’s daily diet. It will …

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Hillsboro Charter Academy Camp Registration Begins

4 May 2016

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Hillsboro Charter Academy, Loudoun County’s newest public charter school is now taking registration for children ages 5 to 14 for its summer STEAM camp. The camp’s eight one-week sessions begin June 20 and will offer themes including nature and art, physics and rocketry, world cultures, dance and stage magic, and kitchen chemistry. Reflecting the science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics …

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Around Virginia

Out and About Loudoun and Beyond

The Plains’ charming restaurants, shops and sidewalks.

Five Stone’s Throw Spring and Summer Destinations By Andrea Gaines Bordered by the Potomac River to the north and beautiful mountains to the west – and with easy access to Rt. 95, the Dulles Toll Road and Route 66 – Loudouners have no short list of fun spring places to …

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Update: Remains Located in Shenandoah National Park; Search Efforts Suspended

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Update: Body preliminarily identified as Nicole K. Mittendorff, 31, of Woodbridge. The physical and digital evidence collected during the course of this investigation includes a note recovered from the car leads investigators to believe there was no foul play involved in her death. ——————– Search efforts in the Shenandoah National …

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Virginia Trooper Shot and Killed at Richmond Bus Terminal

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A Virginia State Police trooper has died as a result of his injuries after being shot on March 31 at the Greyhound Bus station in the 2900 block of North Boulevard in Richmond. At approximately 2:40 p.m., Virginia State Police Trooper Chad P. Dermyer approached a male subject just inside …

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Sports

Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016

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The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team. WLVBC started eight years ago, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015

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The Old Dominion Football Club West boys and girls middle school travel soccer program scored big the weekend of November 21 and 22.  The girls Quest Premier 22 team took home the championship in the U12 Girls Premier Division of the Hunt Country Classic located in Fauquier County. The boys …

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